One foot for three jobs might be too deep for OSU's Quinn Sharp

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Modified: August 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm •  Published: August 16, 2011

“There aren't many schools where you find someone doing all three. Even in the pros, you won't find it. It's just that hard to do all three and keep your conditioning up and stay strong for the whole season.”

There are physical demands to doing all three, particularly playing for the high-scoring Cowboys.

If OSU was a poor offensive team, Sharp could be used primarily as a punter. But the Cowboys averaged 44.2 points last season and are expected to score in the same neighborhood again this year.

All those PATs and converted field goals are immediately followed by kickoffs, which can get exhausting.

“The most fatigue I get is from kickoffs,” Sharp said. “I can do field goals and punts all day, but when it comes to kickoffs, that's where I feel I use the most exertion, just because I want to get a touchback every time. When it comes to field goals and punts, I don't think it takes too much out of me. Then again, I haven't done all three for a full season, so I don't really know how it goes.”

If Sharp wins this three-legged race, he will be on the field at the end of every OSU possession – except turnovers, losing the ball on downs or time expiring.

“He's got a remarkable leg,” DeForest said. “His hang time has been unbelievable these first few days of practice. He's outstanding, but he's also fresh because it's early.”

That Sharp volunteered for this multitasking is no surprise. Never known to back down from a challenge, Sharp would try to beat out Brandon Weeden for the starting quarterback spot if OSU coaches would allow it.

“You have to handle these guys in different ways, but I don't know how to handle Quinn as a coach when it comes to field goals,” DeForest said. “That's something I have to learn.”

 

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